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Our online program in ag and applied economics offers benefits not only from the knowledge you will learn through our courses, but through the many benefits
offered as you become a Virginia Tech student and part of the Hokie Nation.


Employment Outlook

Economics jobs are in high demand and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts this trend to continue throughout the next decade. Graduates of our professional online masters in agricultural and applied economics have the skills necessary to attain leadership and management positions in areas including commodity trading, agricultural logistics, environmental consulting, business analytics, and international development.

Quick Facts: Economists

2019 Median Pay

$105,020 per year
$50.49 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Master's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation


On-the-job Training


Number of Jobs, 2019


Job Outlook, 2019-29

14% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2019-29


Source: Harvard Business Review


Additional Benefits

At AAEC, we have a history and a reputation for supporting our students from the moment they enter our program. When you join our AAEC community, you receive access to award-winning advisors and faculty who endeavor to make your learning experience memorable and enjoyable while preparing you for in-demand positions in the environmental and agricultural sectors.

As part of the Virginia Tech community, you receive access to resources provided by the university and Hokie nation. These include access to university software from MATLAB to Adobe Creative Cloud. In addition, we partner with university Career and Professional Development to provide targeted career and job search advising workshops throughout the program to help you discover and evaluate your next career move.

Our 100+ year history educating leaders in applied economics has resulted in a large alumni base and widespread industry and government contacts who are available as a resource to you throughout our program and after you graduate. As part of the Hokie nation, you can grow your own network through the Virginia Tech alumni communities that exist worldwide. Connect with alumni working in all levels of government, financial institutions, consulting firms, and so much more to increase your employment opportunities and boost your professional profile. 

Still want to know more? 

Join an informal information session with our Online Master's in Ag & Applied Economics Program Director and Graduate Program Coordinator to learn more specifics and get your questions answer in real-time.